Senior Republican congressman opposes the US immgigration reform

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Bob Goodlatte of Virginia, a chairman of the influential House Judiciary Committee, who is a Senior Congressman from the Republican party has said that the is opposed to the idea that pathway to citizenship should be given to the millions of illegal immigrants that live in the country. According to Washington Post commentators Ezra Klein and Evan Soltas it is possible that Mr Goodlatte has hardened his stance because he became more confident that the House of Representatives will not pass the new immigration bill.

The US Senate passed a bill in June 2013 that would, if it became law, create such a pathway for most of the estimated 11.5m illegal immigrants living in the US. In order for the bill to become a law, it must pass through the House of the Representatives as well. The majority of the republicans there, however, oppose the bill. Immigration has been hotly debated topic in both the house and senate during the current year.

While many of the Republican Party oppose the immigration bill and the pathway to citizenship that it will introduce, there are also some more moderate Republicans, who take a little different view on the matter. They say that, while they oppose the pathway for most illegal immigrants, they favour the creation of a pathway for illegal immigrants who were brought to the US as children by their parents and have since known no other home.

These are the so-called DREAMers. DREAMers are named after a previous bill aimed at giving this class of illegal resident a pathway to citizenship; the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act of 2001.

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